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Germany condemns assassination of Egypt's top prosecutor

Hisham Barakat was the first prosecutor general to be assassinated in Egypt's history

Ahram Online , Tuesday 30 Jun 2015
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Germany foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier condemned Monday's assassination of Egypt's top prosecutor in a letter sent to his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukry the following day.

Hisham Barakat, the only prosecutor general to be assassinated in Egypt's history, died from injuries sustained in a Cairo bomb attack. He suffered internal bleeding in the lungs and stomach and fractures to the nose and left shoulder.

"I horrifically received the news of the killing of prosecutor general Hisham Barakat as a result of a bomb blast in his motorcade," Egypt state news agency MENA quoted Steinmeier as saying.

"Since there is no excuse for any sort of terrorism, I condemn this terrorist operation with the most strong-worded terms."

The UN Security Council, the White House and Russia have also expressed condemnation of the attack.

A car bomb was parked in a street near Barakat's house, through which his convoy would pass every day on his way to work, the justice ministry said. When it went off, Barakat's vehicle, along with others, were swept away and quickly caught fire.

Nine people, including two drivers and five members of the security forces, were injured when a bomb hit the prosecutor's convoy near the military academy in the upscale district of Heliopolis, Abdel-Ghaffar said. The blast damaged the fronts of nine houses and destroyed 31 vehicles, four of which were torched.

 

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